• IPA: /ˈɡɑː(ɹ)bəl/

garble (garbles, present participle garbling; past and past participle garbled)

  1. To pick out such parts (of a text) as may serve a purpose; to mutilate; to pervert
    to garble a quotation
    to garble an account
  2. To make false by mutilation or addition
    The editor garbled the story.
  3. (obsolete) To sift or bolt, to separate the fine or valuable parts of from the coarse and useless parts, or from dross or dirt
    to garble spices
Translations Noun


  1. Confused or unintelligible speech.
    • 1976, Boating (volume 40, numbers 1-2, page 152)
      The FCC says it decided to attempt standardization of VHF receivers after getting "thousands of complaints" from disgruntled boatmen who found their sets brought in mostly a lot of garble and static.
  2. (obsolete) Refuse; rubbish.
  3. (obsolete) Impurities separated from spices, drugs, etc.; garblings.

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